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Weekly Prayer #2

November 13th, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

I’m continuing on with trying to memorize a prayer weekly from the Oxford Book of Prayer; this week one by Augustine of Hippo.  I took a class on Augustine in college that gave me an appreciation for his depth and wisdom as well as the remarkable impact he has had on Western Christianity. In addition to that, however, one of the things that often strikes me when reading Augustine is the mix of passion and intellect he brings to what he writes. He embodies that synergy of heart and mind that can be so easy to lose (or never attain) in the spiritual life.

Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved Thee: for behold Thou wert within me, and I outside; and I sought thee outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things that Thou hast made. Thou wert with me, and I was not with Thee. I was kept from Thee by those things, yet had they not been in Thee, they would not have been at all. Thou didst call and cry to me to break open my deafness: and Thou dist send forth Thy beams and shine upon me and chase away my blindness: Thou didst breathe fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and do now pant for Thee: I tasted Thee, and now hunger and thirst for Thee: Thou didst touch me, and I have burned for Thy peace.
—St. Augustine, 354-450

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